It’s been almost a year since we received the planning permission for the new extension to our home and even though we’re now four weeks into the build it still feels very surreal that it is actually happening.  We have spent so many hours planning, discussing, making decisions, it is really exciting to see things starting to actually happen. We have always loved our house but with two growing boys and a fully open plan layout downstairs it was starting to feel that we were a little on top of each other.  The extension will bring us a large kitchen/dining/family… View Post

Your dog is very much a part of the family, so why shouldn’t your garden be a reflection of that? I know what you’re thinking, having a dog running in the garden means that you can’t have a beautiful lawn, let alone gorgeous flower beds, rosebushes, Skip Cherry Laurel Shrubs from The Tree Center or anything else! But if you take a little time your garden can be a little haven for your dog as well as the rest of your family no matter the season. Make your surfaces pet friendly If you want them to walk on paths instead… View Post

With our house extension hopefully starting in early 2018 my husband and I have been re-designing the downstairs of our house.  As we talked it dawned on me that all three of the houses we have owned have had an open plan layout.  This wasn’t intentional, it was never on our must-have list of things we wanted in a house, but it has been something that made a house attractive to us. When we were looking for our first home we weren’t too picky, and we certainly didn’t expect to fall in love with the second house we viewed.  So… View Post

I’m a bit of a sucker for a sale, I begrudge paying full price for anything so this time of year has me quite excited.  As the thought of hitting overcrowded shops with two little boys brings me out in a cold sweat I find myself doing most of my sales shopping online (mostly in bed with a cup of tea in hand). I’ve learnt from past mistakes, so many past mistakes, not to go for high fashion items in the sales.  They are usually out of fashion before I’ve taken the labels off them and even if they’re not… View Post